As the water level rises the water lilies grow upwards to keep their leaves on the surface. Most impressive: some of them are now 1m taller than when first planted. One which is in shallower water is putting its energy instead into growing leaves laterally. But the best news is that one has started to flower - and this of course was the whole point of the project. In the end they should spread and form a canopy to keep the water cool. The pond level is almost at the top now and most plants have their feet either wet or damp (capillary action draws water up through the sand to about 15cm about the surface). The pump needs to start circulating as soon as possible but of course the electrician is nowhere to be found.